Jane Wyman’s Rum Balls

Jane Wyman was an actress with a career that spanned seven decades beginning in 1933. You may know her from the Larceny, Inc, Three Guys Named Mike, The Sailor Takes a Lady or Stage Fright. She also won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Johnny Belinda as well as being a three time Golden Globe winner. Some may remember her in the 1980s soap opera Falcon’s Crest. She was also Ronald Reagan’s first wife.


This is her recipe for rum balls. These rum balls are ridiculously easy to make and require just a few ingredients. The only switch I made was rolling them in powdered sugar instead of chopped walnuts as I could not get the nuts to stick. I instead mixed 1/2 cup of the walnuts into the mixture, If alcohol is just not your thing, I added a substitution if you do not want to use the rum.

Jane Wyman's Rum Balls

  • Servings: 18 balls
  • Difficulty: super easy
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An easy rum ball from the actress Jane Wyman.


  • 1 11 oz box of vanilla wafters
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar plus more for roll the rum ball in
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup light rum or 1/4 tablespoon of heavy cream with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.


  1. Crush the vanilla wafers either by putting them in a plastic ziploc bag and crushing them with a rolling pin or placing them in a food processor and pulse a couple of times till until they are broken into small pieces.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the crushed wafers, confectioners sugar, cocoa powder and walnuts till combined.
  3. Add the corn syrup and rum ( or heavy cream/vanilla extract combo) and stir until it all together like a dough. You may need to use your hands to really get it combined.
  4. Take tablespoons of the mixture and form into balls.
  5. Place some confectioners sugar on a plate and roll the balls into the sugar. Then enjoy!



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